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Historic water agreement commemorated
On Nov. 18, 1987, the landmark amendments to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement that established Great Lakes Areas of Concern were signed in Toledo.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary, Partners for Clean Streams and the Maumee Remedial Action Plan advisory committee announced that a plaque is being erected along the waterfront in the city to mark the historic environmental agreement and the water quality improvements achieved through the partnerships supporting the agreement’s mission.
The amended agreement established the means to address water quality at the most severely degraded sites on the Great Lakes in both the United States and Canada. These sites were primarily urban and industrial areas in or near major cities, located at river mouths, connecting channels and shorelines. There were 43 areas designated as Great Lakes Areas of Concerns, four in Ohio, including the Maumee AOC in Northwest Ohio.
The agreement launched grassroots efforts known as Remedial Action Plans that were supported by federal and state or provincial agencies to determine local issues and chart paths toward cleanup and restoring the conditions of lakes, rivers and smaller streams at these sites. The goal was to make the waters once again fishable, swimmable, and drinkable.
The commissioners have also appointed Irma Wolf to the Wood County Historical Society Board of Trustees. Her term will be effective until Dec. 31, 2013.
She is replacing and serving out Dana Nemeth's position on the board, which became vacant upon Nemeth's acceptance of the historical society’s museum director's position.
The meeting will start at its usual time of 7 p.m. in the middle school library.
The committee will meet at the district’s operations facility at 12560 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green.
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